What is not to love about Greece? The sky is always blue, the water is crystal clear, the volcanic cliffs are lined with beautiful white buildings, the famous historical sites and food that is to die for.
I’m sure most of you growing up have dreamt of going to the Greek islands after watching the well known film Mamma Mia. I know that Greece was on the top of my list after watching that movie, but deciding where to go to out of the 227 inhabited islands is quite difficult and stressful, especially if you only have a short amount of time.
In my opinion, the best time to travel to Greece is anywhere between April and September. During this period it’s their summer months, and most of the islands are completely deserted and closed down during the winter months due to the wind and crazy weather.
If you want the islands to yourself and want to avoid the summer crowds, definitely go in April or September, where the weather is still hot and sunny, but it’s no longer peak season. Hotels and flights are much cheaper during April and September so if you’re on a budget, this is the perfect time for you!
Choosing where to go and what to do is the most difficult part about planning your dream visit to this beautiful country. Here are 5 of my most favourite islands, and what they’re best for.
Santorini: Home to one of the most famous sunsets in the entire world, with breathtaking cliffs, and a very romantic place for your perfect honeymoon. Santorini is one of the most well known islands in Greece, you may feel like you have already been their due to it’s iconic shots and sunsets.
Mykonos: Known for it’s parties till all hours in the morning, it’s a popular stop for all backpackers. With it’s popular designer brands in the centre of the town, you’re bound to spend a little more than you intended! You’re sure to have some cocktails and a boogie at some fantastic nightclubs here.
Milos: Despite the fact that it’s not as well known compared to some of the other islands, this island would have to be my favourite. It’s a little hidden gem, that’s beginning to become more and more known to tourists. It’s incredible lunar landscape and turquoise water is bound to amaze you and make you fall in love.
Paros: This island is perfect for anyone and everyone. It can be anything you want it to be from having a good nightlife, fabulous architecture and picturesque beaches. It is perfect for families, young backpackers and couples. Paros also has some delicious restaurants and cute little villages for you to visit. You will not be disappointed by this island.
Ios: The ultimate party islands where you will be relaxing on the beach all day, and partying all night. You’re guaranteed to not get much sleep while on this island. It has incredible beaches and you almost feel at home with the amount of Australian workers who manage the bars, clubs and restaurants.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: Greek is the official language spoken in Greece, however most Greek people can speak very good English, so don’t worry too much about that.
Currency: The currency in Greece is Euro. 1 AUD is equal to 0.63 Euro as if March 2019.
Plugs: The plugs in Greece are type C and F, and the standard voltage is 230V and standard frequency is 50Hz.
Credit Cards and ATMs: Ensure you have a travel card so you don’t loose money in international fees, but you can use your travel card all over Greece as there are plenty of ATMS. Shops and hotels often allow you to pay by card as well.
Safety: I believe that Greece is a very safe country for solo travelling and for females. Just be sensible and you will be fine, don’t walk home late at night in the dark by yourself in dark streets, just use common sense.
Getting around from island to island in Greece is fairly simple. I highly recommend using the Ferry system, and mapping out your route for islands first before you leave. Ferries are the most economical and very easy to get around. But don’t assume that it is going to be an quick ferry, as some ferrys can take up to 10 hours depending on where you want to go. Just remember there are lots of Greek islands, and some are harder to get to and further away than others!
Thanks for reading my first blog post, and stay tuned as I will be making more posts about Greece and islands in the future with more detail.
Until then – Mollie xx
NOTE – all photos are my own.